Santa Barbara Symphony to Present ‘Shakespeare Set to Music’
The Santa Barbara Symphony, in collaboration with the Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC), will present a musical and theatrical tribute to William Shakespeare at the historic Granada Theatre on November 14 and 15. Featuring the full Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, “Shakespeare Set to Music” will include the Suite from William Walton’s lush film score for As You Like It, Prokofiev’s unforgettable Romeo and Juliet Suite, and Mendelssohn’s vivid incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with its instantly recognizable Wedding March. The Midsummer Suite will feature scenes from the play with ETC artists. Tickets are now available.
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Theater Company: Ensemble Theatre Company
Upon moving into their new digs at the much renovated Victoria Theatre just two years ago — it’s even called the New Vic now — the Ensemble Theatre Company tackled everything from Metamorphoses and Amadeus to Tom Waits’s Woyzeck and this fall’s Sweeney Todd with what Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Fox describes as “a dedication to eclectic productions that often push the envelope.” This approach has, once again, assured the professional company unwavering support from our readership. And already they are looking tough to beat next year, as well, with the West Coast premiere of Wendy MacLeod’s comedy Women in Jeopardy this December and I Am My Own Wife and Bad Jews on the stage early in 2016. 33 W. Victoria St., 965-5400. (Reprinted Santa Barbara Independent)
‘Sweeney Todd’ by Ensemble ETC Season at New Vic Opens
(reprint from SB Independent by Charles Donelan)
“There are not many taboos left,” said Jonathan Fox, artistic director of Ensemble Theatre Company. “When you think about it, we’re down to incest and cannibalism. Not that murder is okay, but it’s certainly not a taboo subject in the theater.” Fox told me this by way of reflecting on the mischievous kernel at the core of Stephen Sondheim’s great musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which famously revolves around a scheme to fill pastries with parts of people. Fox will be directing this notoriously challenging (and rewarding) classic to kick off Ensemble Theatre Company’s 2015-16 season in the New Vic theater, and knowing both the play and the company, it will be a wild ride.